Who we are

The Gavel was founded in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Though an unusual name for a student publication, it was named for the gavel Tip O’Neill ‘36 used as Speaker of the House.

In the words of former President Bill Clinton:

“Rep. O’Neill loved politics and government because he saw politics and government could make a difference in people's lives. And he loved people most of all."

Speaker O’Neill was a champion of progressive issues and his gavel serves as a symbol and a beacon for those BC students concerned with making the world a better place. Since its creation, The Gavel has transformed from a small-staffed newspaper to a magazine, and most recently, a full-service online media platform. While we are wholly independent from the University, we are one of the largest student groups in the Boston College community, with 100-plus students involved -- including our editorial board, contributors, staffers, business managers, graphic designers, and more. We publish several online-exclusive pieces per day, covering local news, progressive issues, BC athletics, college arts, the campus atmosphere and more. Bang. (Onomatopeia for a gavel, of course.)


The Gavel welcomes readers’ comments and suggestions or complaints about errors that should be corrected. Messages on news coverage can be e-mailed to bcgavel@gmail.com and our editorial staff will take all issues seriously. The managerial board will take action if editorial content defames or wrongly represents a party or is potentially harmful to faculty, staff, administrators, student organizations or any other members of the Boston College community.

St Ignatius

Tip O'Neill, BC alumnus and former Speaker of the House.

The Gavel Editorial Board 2022

Editorial Board


Maggie Vaughn '24, Editor-In-Chief

Meghan Keefe '24, Managing Editor

Bridget Schumm '24, General Manager

Sally Carpenter '24, Head Copy Editor

Andrew Guarino '25, Creative Manager

Caroline Burke '24, Creative Manager

Jyll Foster '24, Head Print Editor and Social Chair

Liam Conner '25, Head News Editor

Charlotte Fleckenstein '24, Head News Editor

Sofia Smith '25, Features Editor

Julia Blessing '24, Culture Editor

Amabelle François '24, Opinions Editor

Devin Klein '24, Sports Editor

Jack Clark '24, Authentic Eagles Editor


Lauren Whitlock '24, Associate Features Editor

Zoe Pochron '25, Associate Features Editor

Kaitlyn O'Connor '25, Associate Culture Editor

Avery Fitzgerald '25, Associate Culture Editor

Julia Blessing '24, Associate Culture Editor

Gabby Levitt ‘24, Associate Opinions Editor

Ashley Shackelton ‘24, Associate Opinions Editor

Scarlett Varley ‘24, Associate Opinions Editor

Neal Bold '24, Associate Sports Editor

Devin Klein '24, Associate Sports Editor

Creative Team

Chloe Chen '24​, Creative Manager

Arthur Christory '23, Creative Manager

Maddy Mitchell '23

Alexis Rich '23

Julianna Pijar '23

John Mendizabal '23

Leah Temple Lang '23

Sophia Brady '24

Kimberly Black '24

Elizabeth Breitmeyer '24

Christina Cho '24

Caroline Burke '24

Ryland Fiscus '24

Andrew Guarino '25

Kelly Yu '25

Heidy Lee '25

Copy Team

Sally Carpenter '24, Head Copy Editor

Molly Caballero '24

Maiya Whalen '24

Tierney Wold '24

Athena Vinch '25

Cole Dixon '25

Kyra Johnson '25

Emma Greenlees '25

Angelina Dooa '25

Ava Cahill '25

Kathleen Malone '25

Business Team

Bridget Schumm '24, General Manager

Michelle Catano '23, Assistant General Manager

Emme O'Toole '23, Community Coordinator

Grace Finnegan '24, Social Coordinator

Will Davis '24, Business Team Associate

Lisa Su '24, Business Team Associate

Print Team

Ngan Tran '22, Head Print Editor

Caitlyn Yee '23, Associate Editor

Maia Rosenbaum '23, Print Associate

Anna Metri '23, Print Staff

Yukti Sajnani '23, Print Staff

Nia Santos '24, Print Staff

Jyll Foster '24, Print Staff

Mara Gheorghiu '24, Print Staff

Editorial Assistants Class of 2025

Justine Rozenich, Opinions

John Niño Requieron, Opinions

Kaitlyn O'Connor, Culture

Kyra Johnson, Copy

Avery Fitzgerald, Culture

Liam Conner, News

Zoe Pochron, Features